News for Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Quiros, Woodland show off driving skills

Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, and Jhonnatan Vegas shut down the festivities for the day at Augusta National. If you failed to watch, here is the gist of what took place:

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Poll: What was most surprising about Round 1?

Retief Goosen had the early highlight in Round 1, making eagle at the par-4 opening hole. But after a hot start, he stumbled to a back-nine 39. What do you think was the most surprising part of Round 1?

Masters Q&A: Y.E. Yang

Y.E. Yang was pushing Rory McIlroy on Thursday afternoon, but two late bogeys left Yang two shots back of McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros heading into Friday's second round.

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Masters 5 questions: K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi caught fire on the back nine and is tied with Y.E. Yang in third place, two shots behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros.

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Lefty scrambles to opening 70 at Augusta

Phil Mickelson shot 70 Thursday on a day when his ballstriking left him scrambling for par. But as Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is still right in the mix at Augusta.

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Achenbach: Passing out Round 1 Masters awards

Round 1 of the Masters is in the books and after some studying of the stats, James Achenbach is ready to pass out a few awards. Unfortunately, Graeme McDowell received a few because of his poor putting.

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5 Things: McIlroy, Quiros share lead at Masters

Rory McIlroy shot a 65 in the morning, then long-hitting Alvaro Quiros matched him in the final group. Here’s what you need to know from Day 1 at the Masters.

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Kaymer chooses odd time for swing change

Martin Kaymer rode a bullet fade to the top of the world rankings, but worked a draw into his bag for Augusta. As Jeff Rude writes, it hasn't worked out too well.

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Chung takes advantage of new caddie at Augusta

After an uncomfortable start to the week, Stanford's David Chung called on swing coach Adam Schriber to carry for him at Augusta. The move seems to have worked.

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Notes: Chung chooses coach as caddie

Masters notes: David Chung was a nervous wreck, so Anthony Kim gave him some advice: Put your coach on your bag. On Thursday, it worked.

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McIlroy in familiar territory after 65 at Augusta

Rory McIlroy learned some valuable lessons from his opening 63 at last year's British Open. After a first-round 65 at Augusta, he should at least have weather on his side in Round 2.

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Distracted Japanese players will play on

Japan was hit with another devastating earthquake Thursday morning, leaving the Japanese players at the Masters with much more than golf to worry about.

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Elbow injury might cause Clark to withdraw

Tim Clark has battled injuries and wouldn't be playing this week if it weren't the Masters. After Thursday, he told our Jim McCabe: “To be honest, I don’t see me going 18 holes (Friday), the way it hurts. But I’m stubborn. We’ll see.”

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Amateur Chung feels the pressure of Augusta

Amateur and Stanford star David Chung felt the pressure that is Augusta National, but he survived with an even-par 72 in the first round.

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Masters Chat: Thursday at Augusta

Round 1 is under way at Augusta. Join other Golfweek readers for a Masters Chat to discuss the early favorites. CHAT REPLAY

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Commentary: DQ clarification deserves applause

The U.S. Golf Association and R & A should be applauded for their quick and decisive action on unwarranted disqualifications, writes James Achenbach.

Events to watch: ASU, A-Sun, Baylor Invite

For some teams it’s do or die time, for others they get a chance to improve their ranking. Let’s take a look at some intriguing tournaments coming up this weekend.

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Nerves still get the best of Palmer, Nicklaus

‘When I stop getting nervous, I won’t be here,” Arnold Palmer said, moments after opening the 75th Masters not with fireworks and pageantry but grace and humility.

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Photos: Masters Thursday in Augusta

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus got things off to a roaring start this morning, and Tiger Woods and the players continue to show off Augusta's beauty . . .

USGA, R&A make new interpretation of DQ rule

The R&A and the USGA announced today a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf that will apply in limited circumstances to disqualification when a scorecard is signed incorrectly.

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Masters blog: Amateurs shine in Round 1

MASTERS BLOG: The amateurs competing in the Masters matched their star treatment with respectable scores Thursday at Augusta. Sean Martin explains the value of amateur experience at the Masters.

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